Banning of The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, a novel by J.

D. Salinger and published in 1951, tells the story of a young, confused boy by the name of Holden Caufield. His actions and words caused a lot of thought provoking ideas that questioned whether or not the novel should be banned in high school classrooms. A huge factor that adds to the contradiction of the book is that it in someway is tied into the assassination of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagen. For some time it has been argued if the book should be continued to be used for educational purposes due to the bad reputation it has. Despite the novels so called “negatives”, there are many positive aspects to it as well. J.

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D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, should not be banned from high school curriculum. One positive aspect about The Catcher in the Rye is that it allows students to see themselves inside the shoes of a young adult/teen going through life issues just as them.

Holden is constantly dropping out of schools and getting himself into trouble. “Holden is portrayed as an adolescent struggling to find his own identity and possesses many characteristics that easily link him to the typical teenager living today.”(Holden as the Typical Teenager) Any teenager can relate with Holden and his desires for independence, sexual relationships and the questioning of religion. Throughout the story Holden never says he misses his parents or wishes he could be with them and that relates to teen nowadays that would prefer being independent. Multiple times during the story Holden is involved in some sexual situations.

Even though he never really has sex with any of the girls it shows his desire for sexual pleasure just as many teens would have as well. “ I’ve had a quite few opportunities to lose my virginity and all, but I’ve never got around to it yet. Something always happens.” (Salinger p.92) Teenagers reading this, that share the personal issues as Holde.

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